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‘Parents should know their kids’ future careers from class three’

April 8 , 2019

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Pakistan is a country where people often remain clueless about their career path and professions even after completing their master’s degrees, said career counselor Shehzad Qamar.

Speaking to SAMAA TV on its show Naya Din on Monday, Qamar said, “There are many students in Pakistan who realize after completing their masters that the field they opted for wasn’t the field they wanted their future career to be in.”

Giving the example of Dr Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, Qamar explained that it is very easy to define a kid’s interests by just asking a few questions. “Each person has been created uniquely, possessing unique qualities just like we all have different fingerprints,” he said.

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“From grade three, parents and the teachers should stay vigilant about what qualities the child possesses.” He added that if a parent could understand their children’s intelligence and interest at a younger age, it will make it easier for students to excel in a particular field.

“From grade three, a parent can distinguish with the help of Gardner’s eight intelligence theories that a child has one intelligence at the top in which they excels, one intelligence at the lowest and six intelligences in the average zone.”

Dr Gardner’s theory of intelligence proposes that humans have eight different intelligence potentials in both children and adults. These intelligences are:

  • Linguistic intelligence (“word smart”)
  • Logical-mathematical intelligence (“number/reasoning smart”)
  • Spatial intelligence (“picture smart”)
  • Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence (“body smart”)
  • Musical intelligence (“music smart”)
  • Interpersonal intelligence (“people smart”)
  • Intrapersonal intelligence (“ self-smart”)
  • Naturalist intelligence (“nature smart”)

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